Williams has confirmed that they will bring test components to the Japanese Grand Prix as they evaluate parts for their 2020 campaign.
The Grove based team have endured a difficult season, with Robert Kubica scoring the team’s only point in a chaotic German Grand Prix, after the Alfa Romeo’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were disqualified.
Last time out in Russia George Russell retired after his wheel locked up and the team took Kubica out of the race in order to conserve parts for the latter stages of the season.
With the team finding themselves so far behind the remainder of the grid, Williams have started to turn their attention to their 2020 car in the hope that they can get themselves back within the midfield next year, and as part of this, they are bringing some 2020 parts to evaluate at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.
“We come to Suzuka with some new test components to evaluate as we continue our preparations for the 2020 season.” said Williams’ Senior Race Engineer, Dave Robson.
“Alongside these test items, we will conduct our usual race preparation, consisting of car set-up refinement and tyre understanding.
“As a team we had a difficult weekend in Russia, and we arrive in Japan recovered and ready to continue the steady improvement that we have witnessed since the middle of the season.”
It will be Russell’s first time racing at Suzuka, having only visited the circuit as a Reserve driver, but he is confident that the figure of eight layout will suit his car more so than Russia.
“Japan is a race that I have been looking forward to for a long time, and it is a fantastic circuit that I can’t wait to drive.” commented Russell.
“I have only been there once as a Reserve Driver and even then, it was a really great feeling.
“The nature of the circuit should suit us better than Sochi did, so hopefully we can show a bit more pace.”